Remaking Trash into Treasure with Stampin' Up!

I have another fun project for you today. I’ve taken my trash (and some my friend brought me to saying she knew I’d find something to do with it) and turned it into a treasure. Yesterday I took a dry oatmeal container and small cookie tin to create the what you see below.

Not Quite Navy & Chocolate Chip

See any changes?  These are going to be in the StampThat classroom now holding various goodies!  I’m showing these containers holding cups and plastic-ware but really they could be used to hold so many things!  The little one could hold pens and pencils or candy.  The large one could hold so many different items and goodies I can’t even begin to list them!

Three types of Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip Ribbon

I used three different kinds of ribbon on here.  The stitched felt ribbon you see on here is no longer available in the Idea Book & Catalog, however, if you visit your demonstrator’s online ordering, it is listed on the Clearance Rack!  It is part of the Alpine Ribbon Originals.  (I should put in that the ribbon looks great with the Sweet Pea Stitched Felt too!)  The other ribbons are Chocolate Chip Double Stitched Grosgrain and narrow grosgrain.

Bella Bleu DSP and Scallop Circle Dies

I made the flower using the Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper and our two Scallop Circle Dies with the Big Shot.  Between our two Scallop Circle Dies we have three different sizes of circles and I used all three of those sizes.  The flower is held together with one of our jumbo brads.

Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel

I used the Very Vintage jumbo wheel to roll Chocolate Chip craft into onto the Not Quite Navy cardstock.  For this smaller container I skipped the middle piece of ribbon so I wouldn’t cover up all the Not Quite Navy cardstock.

Very Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware

This smaller flower is made with the smallest Circle Scallop Die and then our Scallop Circle Punch.  They are very similar in size but the punch is a little smaller.  The pieces of flower are held together with a brad from the Very Vanilla Hodgepodge hardware.

To me, the stitched felt ribbon is what makes these projects.  Being thick, it gives an extra dimension to the containers and finishes off the edges.

Cottage Walls DSP

I thought I’d go ahead and make a second set to show you.  This time I used the Cottage Walls DSP with Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive ribbons.  In the center of these flowers I used a Filigree Brad (page 179 of the Idea Book & Catalog).

Handmade paper flower

Do you see the difference in the containers where the Rich Razzleberry ribbon is compared to the stitched felt?  These just don’t look as “elegant” to me but then I prefer the elegant look to bright and fun I guess.

What do you think?  Which set is your favorite?  Think I should go into business remaking oatmeal boxes?  I’d love to hear what you think!

Thank you for taking the time to stop by.  The tour is now over so links have been removed.


  1. Oh my gosh, I love these too! We’ve got to finish our giant thing of oatmeal because I LOVE these ideas! The big one could even be used as a gift to give someone a batch or two of oatmeal raisin cookies in it. So pretty! This is a great blog, I’m really enjoying thinking of the things we could do with everyday items.

  2. Wow! I love the colors of the second set, but I especially like the first set–looks like fabric and leather. Yet again, Mrs. Jensen…amazing!

  3. I do this too – but I love what you used them for! What a great idea!

  4. Love these! I re-used an oatmeal container a couple years, but no way near as elegant. I think I may need to redo the re-used container! I like the first set best. I like the deeper colors. Then again, it kind of goes with my craft room, wood paneling and wood flooring. : )

  5. This is so awesome, Becky!! I am working on some of these projects today with some pecan cans I have been saving. Thanks for another round of blog hops, I really enjoyed this yesterday.

  6. OK, this settles it: I am going to give you all my trash! 🙂 Beautiful job of making it all into something pretty, and useful, too. I like both color combinations a lot.

  7. great ideas, I will have to look at my recycling for some ideas

  8. love what you did with these containers. I found myself looking at things in my pantry today in a whole different light….hmmm what could I use.

  9. I love that this is a set. My SU rep had us decorate baby formula tins and I loved that – now I need to find a different size recycleable to create my own set for my Creative Zone.

  10. I love the set that you make, I love both colors

  11. Great idea – love that you show two different samples with same idea, and goodness…KNEW I was keeping all these empty containers for *some* reason, lol. 😉

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